Beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish provide numerous health benefits. In clinical studies, Omega-3s have been shown to promote healthy heart and brain function, as well as support the nervous system, digestive system and other organs.* Now, scientists believe the healthy oils may provide additional support for patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
A team of experts from the Oregon Health & Science University Department of Neurology recently conducted a randomized placebo-controlled pilot trial to evaluate the effects of supplementation with Omega-3 fatty acids and alpha lipoic acid (an antioxidant) in Alzheimer’s patients. After a 12-month treatment period, they found that participants taking a combination of Omega-3 fatty acids plus ALA experienced reduced cognitive and functional decline.
While further research is planned to evaluate the combination as a possible treatment for the disease, the results of the study are encouraging. “The ultimate outcome is to be able to look at these (treatments) as a potential preventive formula—if someone could take a gram or two grams a day of fish oil before signs of the disease, it’s preventive in that it’s either decreasing the chance of turnover to Alzheimer’s disease or it’s delaying its progression. And I like the idea of using something that is cheap, accessible and easy to take,” said Lynne Shinto, N.D., assistant professor of neurology and the project’s lead investigator.
According to the OHSU study abstract, oxidative stress, inflammation, and increased cholesterol levels are all mechanisms that have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease pathology, and several studies have reported a decreased risk of the disease associated with fish oil consumption.
We’ve heard a lot about the standard dietary recommendations for anyone concerned about heart disease and its accompanying risk markers (high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar). Eat less cholesterol, drink less alcohol, and watch your fats. But have we been missing an essential piece of the preventative health puzzle?
Brenda Watson, CNC, is back on TV discussing the important puzzle pieces we need to fit into our diets (and cut down on in our diets) to help us prevent heart disease and manage heart disease risk markers now.
You can watch Brenda featured in this American Health Journal special by clicking on the video below.
Brenda synthesizes her decades of expertise as a nutritional consultant, health clinic founder, New York Times bestselling author, and national health educator into this key heart health segment. This kind of information is life changing for those battling obesity, heart disease risk factors, diabetes or blood sugar problems, and bodily inflammation.
Check out Brenda on American Health Journal and explore these vital health topics:
- The “silent” damage that sugar and carbohydrates are doing to our hearts, and our overall health
- What our carb-heavy diets mean to the average American waistline and our heart disease epidemic
- How much sugar do we need each day to maintain healthy blood sugar levels?
- And how much sugar are we really eating? (The numbers will shock you!)
- The simple formula you need to know to figure out your daily sugar intake
- And more…!
It Isn’t All About the Cholesterol You Eat
If you think you know the no-no foods for heart disease prevention, think again. Brenda helps us understand why we can’t seem to take the weight off (especially around the waistline) and why our diet is still contributing to heart health risk markers even if we’re watching our cholesterol intake. These are critical facts to consider when cooking, shopping, and helping loved ones to eat balanced, truly heart-healthy meals. Don’t miss it!